Text: Michael Müllner; Fotos: Lukas Aigelsreither, Markus Rössle, Stefan Sappert, Wolfgang Simmlinger, Adam Samorajski
Winning the account of the Kulturpreis des Landes Niederösterreich (Culture Award of the State of Lower Austria) allowed us to integrate the stage of the Festspielhauses St. Pölten as the core component into our production, complete with drawing floors, stage traps, moveable lighting bridges. The comprehensive re-design of this event with a long tradition also involved a new graphical design by nofrontiere Design, that in turn interacts with the stage design crafted by our stage designer Vanessa Eder-Messutat.
The Velvet Elevator big band contributed bespoke sound design to the overall performance. The new conception of this award, which has now existed for 60 years, has since evolved year by year and is the unparalleled example of a relaunch that has been thought through down to the last detail.
Guest speeches by Mercedes Echerer, Nikolaus Habjan and Cornelia Travnicek stimulated reflection with critical discourse. Solo and band appearances by Marie Spaemann, Federspiel, Julia Lacherstorfer and Lorenz Raab stylishly complemented the award ceremonies and artfully rounded off the musical concept.